Lately we've had a lot of people ask about where we are in our adoption journey, so here it is...
After passing our homestudy back in October
(Mom, don't forget to pause my music first, on the right hand side, in the green box ;)
we set about completing the rest of our application for domestic adoption, specifically what's called
which means a willingness to adopt a child of any race.
We have recently submitted the first draft of our profile book and are reprinting it for the required 4 copies. No small feat for this non-scrapbooker. If it hadn't been for Cha-Cha's insistence and weeks of snow days I fear it would have taken me until Spring.
If you had asked me three years ago, when we first began this journey, if I thought it would've taken this long, I would not have accepted or believed it. There have been high and lows throughout the process. However, throughout it all my dear, amazing husband has never wavered in his commitment and passion towards our adoption. Even when I have had my doubts and days of thinking, "what are we doing/thinking?", he has always been sure footed and strong, just two of the many reasons I'm madly in love with this man.
A friend mentioned recently that often times when we set about to do something that God places on our hearts we are criticized for a
"look at me, aren't we something? you should be doing this" mentality.
Furthermore, I know adoption isn't for everyone. I know that. I do know that it is something God has put on our hearts and something that we as a family have fully embraced and are extremely excited about. I do know that the Bible says in
"Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."
So as my friend, I would ask you to:
~Pray for the orphans of this world
~Pray for the families who are stepping out in faith to adopt
~Find ways to financially support orphans, I can refer you to a few great resources
Next week I'll be discussing adoption etiquette (terms, what not to say/ask, how to support those in the process of). I do not claim to be the expert but honey, let me tell you, we have heard some bizarre-o questions that would make your toes curl. As someone who sticks her foot in her mouth almost daily I want to save you from the same mistakes I've made.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by.
Love and Blessings,